Category Archives: UKCCSRC International Collaboration 2016

Japan’s first large-scale CCS demonstration: the social side

This post summarises another paper out this month. This is an investigation into the social dimensions of the Tomakomai CCS Demonstration Project, Japan’s first large-scale carbon capture and storage project. What is the key point of this paper? The key … Continue reading

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Yubari, Aberdeen and industrial decline

This is a piece I wrote for The Scotsman a couple of months back, on what Aberdeen and north-east Scotland can learn from the decline of coal and steel manufacturing in the south of Hokkaido. Given recent political events and … Continue reading

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Tomakomai: a guide for visiting CCS researchers

As the site of a fairly large-scale offshore CCS demonstration – one of the first of its kind in the world – Tomakomai is going to become an increasingly important place for international CCS researchers. Now that injection of CO2 … Continue reading

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Initial reflections on Tomakomai fieldwork

At 5.30am last Sunday I dragged my luggage – all 32 kilos of it – across Tomakomai and onto the train bound for New Chitose Airport. Two things in that tell you a lot about the kind of place Tomakomai … Continue reading

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Tomakomai fisheries and the CCS project

Today’s fieldwork involved a visit to the Tomakomai Federation of Fisheries Cooperative Associations. This was one of the most important pieces of work I’ve done on this project so far, as it hammered home just exactly what is at stake … Continue reading

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Consensus and environmental governance – day 1 report

Day 1 of the GB Sasakawa Foundation-funded UK-Japan Workshop on Consensus-Based Environmental Governance is in the can – and what a day we had. Those of the UK contingent who had arrived they day before were now feeling more awake … Continue reading

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Social Aspects of CCS in Japan – Fieldwork Weeks 1 and 2

The first two weeks in Japan have shot by and tomorrow I head to Tomakomai, which makes this a good time for reflection/update on how the first two weeks of ‘CCS in Japan’ fieldwork, funded via the UKCCSRC International Collaboration … Continue reading

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